Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A comparison of student success between Johnson County Community College transfer students and native students at the University of Kansas
by Weiss, Don, Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2011, 226; 3494285
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined archival records of students with permanent addresses in Johnson County, KS attending the University of Kansas (KU) between Fall 2003 and Spring 2009 to determine any significant difference in graduation rates, persistence, and GPA between those student who transferred to KU from Johnson County Community College (JCCC) and native KU students. Additionally, this study examined whether there was a relationship among JCCC transfer students between total credit hours transferred and their GPA, persistence, and graduation rate at KU after transfer.

Chi-square test for independence examined the association between transfer status and graduation and also between transfer status and yearly persistence. Logistical Regression examined the relationship between graduation and transfer status when controlling for high school GPA, SAT/ACT score, age, sex, race, and sophomore GPA. Multiple regression examined the relationship between graduation grade point average at KU and transfer status when controlling for sex, age, race, sophomore GPA and SAT/ACT score. Multiple regression also examined the relationship between graduation GPA and number of hours at transfer when controlling for HS GPA, SAT/ACT score, age, sex, and race. Finally, one-way between groups ANCOVA was conducted to examine the difference in first semester junior GPA depending on transfer status.

Results indicated a medium, statistically significant, negative association between being a JCCC junior-year transfer student and graduating from KU when compared against junior-year native students. The research found a statistically significant, negative relationship between graduation and transfer status from JCCC when controlling for HS GPA, SAT/ACT score, age, sex, race, sophomore GPA, and college. There was no statistically significant association between transfer students and persistence from Year 1 to 2. The research found a relationship of no practical significance between graduation grade point average at KU and transfer status when controlling for sex, age, race, sophomore GPA, and SAT/ACT score. There was no statistically significant difference in first semester junior grade point average between students transferring to KU at the end of their sophomore year and native students for students. Finally, there was no statistically significant relationship between graduation GPA and the number of hours attended at JCCC before transfer.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fowler, Gerard A.
Commitee: Rush, Douglas K., Williams, Michael J.
School: Saint Louis University
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 73/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Community college education, Higher education
Keywords: Community college, Community college transfer students, Johnson County Community College, Native students, Transfer students, Two-year institutions, University of Kansas
Publication Number: 3494285
ISBN: 9781267157331
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